November weather is usually consistent - Consistently MISERABLE! It's time to go easy on ourselves but a goal of getting out the door at a minimum of every other day is in order so we will be in shape to eat Turkey and survive the holiday parties coming at us. No mileage goal needed, once you get out the door that part works out fine, just get out the door. Remember, all runs are good runs once they are over! Yes, I do repeat the important stuff!
Pull em' on, lace em up, and you know what,
Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner. An often wet, cold and stumbling through the dark runner but always happy I got out the door.
PS: Spice up the winter run with a trip to downtown Dexter for a silly hilly run or walk at the Holiday Hustle! Hit the streets for 5K or 1 mile of festive fun. Cozy beanies to all entrants, fun medals to all finishers. Be there on Saturday evening, December 14th!
It's nice to see running show up in the sports section, where spectator sports seem to be all that matters to the world. First, a sub two hour pace marathon run by Olympic Gold medalist and world record holder Kipchoge, yes, just a kind of publicity stunt by a man who has nothing to prove, not a true record due to drafting, pacing and all they did to make it happen but it made for some great press! And a day later, Brigid Kosgei shattered the women's world record in the marathon with a 2:14, a record that stood for 16 years. Unlike all the sports that most of the world follows from an armchair and have never competed in, we have a true connection with world class runners. We train and compete, we understand commitment and how it feels to get out the door while the world sleeps, we know what it's like to push our bodies to their limit. When our sport makes the news, we, in a sense, also make the news, heck, without us, they would not have headlines like, Kipchoge prevailed, coming in 1st ahead of 42,000 runners in the race!
Get out and bask in the glory,
Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner who has lined up to race against the world's best in races like New York, Boston and London ... Just like several hundred thousand other runners who lined up, just sayin'!
Looking for an event to shatter the world record at? Join us at the starting line! The rest of 2019 dates and all 2020 race dates can be found HERE!
Yikes, the fall long races are here. For those of you getting in those last miles, remember, you can only run too much, not too little during your taper time. No matter how your running went, training time is over. Some of us have done all the work and the race will just be a celebration. Some of us have not done the work so we will be doing all the work on race day! Either way, it's time to lick our wounds and store gas in the tank for our big day. Running is hard, not running can be harder but is a must ... Drop the miles and up the tempo a bit to sharpen into race day ... Enjoy the extra time you have, perhaps a TV taper!
Taper it up,
Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner who wrote this to myself as I promise to taper heavy to chase away a bit of a nagging calf issue.
PS: In a rut? Has your ho-hum work life got you down? Do you feel like it may be time to run away and join the circus? Is this starting to sound like a shameless plug for a job opening at RF Events? Yep!
The circus position we have open requires a person with great graphic design and social media skills who can wake up to a 3:30am alarm with a smile on their face knowing it's SHOWTIME and can't wait to put in a 16 hour day where they get to see all their hard work unfold! Read up on all of the details and apply here!
When you just can't muster up the energy to get out the door, sit back and open a running magazine or book. Chances are, your running fire will soon be re-lit, or perhaps the guilt may set in. Either way, you will decide it's time put down what you are reading and head out for a run, a run that will leave you fulfilled and wondering why you would have ever skipped it! That said, a motivational running movie can get you excited about our sport and leave you with motivational thoughts that can get you out the door for days on end. There are never enough running themed movies but here are a couple new ones to fire you up! Just watching the trailers got me out today for 6 miles in the rain. By the way, the rain felt glorious!
Read... Then run!
Randy Step, ad admitted obsessed, wet and smiling runner.
P.S.: ONE MONTH until the inaugural Bonfyre Trail Fest Run! Don't miss this beautiful fall trail run on the DTE Energy Foundation Trail in Chelsea, MI with a post race bonfire and beer garden! Try 5, 10.7 or 19 miles! All registrants receive a cozy knit patch beanie, marked courses with aid and finish food. All finishers will receive a custom campfire mug and s'more kit! Stick around post race and celebrate with a live band and flowing beer.
Baby Goat here jumping in for the week!
I've got a long history of being notoriously terrible at training. I write up crazy programs that I am unable to maintain and generally end up giving up, and doing all of my work on race day (OUCH)! I got a crazy idea this fall.. I wrote myself a totally realistic, do-able training schedule that leaves enough time for me to build up my mileage slowly. You know what? I have only missed ONE run in 8 weeks. I always joked that training just wasn't my thing, but the truth is I was overdoing it, which lead to training failure after training failure when I couldn't keep up with my plan. Making a schedule that doesn't jump mileage over 10% week to week, and acknowledging how many available days in a week I actually have has made all the difference. Get REAL about your training. Who knows, maybe it will make the difference for you!
Baby Goat, an admittedly not quite as obsessed runner... who is getting real with her training! Heck, I might even be prepared the next time I toe the line!
P.S.: Join us for the Inaugural GO APPLES! 5K and 1 Mile in Charlotte, MI on October 26th. Expect a fun fall day as you pass by rows of apple trees and the pumpkin patch. Soft cotton shirt to all entrants, sweet apple medal, cider and donuts to all finishers! Go Apples! is the last stop of the Michigan Orchard Challenge - NEW for 2019!
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RF Events (RFE) goal is to create and execute events that can live on in memory as the most significant moments in life, events where goals and dreams become reality, a tall order that we take seriously.
Yes, there are some cheesy and fun themes but behind the scene a detailed plan executed by our crew to insure a safe serious timed event that your training and hard earned entry fee will not be wasted on.
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